Alwato's music is based in the sound of Appalachian dulcimers, primarily solid-body electrics produced by Elloree Instruments. Alwato's recorded output to date consists of "Alwatech: The Complete Recordings," a 2-disc improvisational collaboration with Ohio noisester Rotech; "Voltairine," a collection of anarchist poems accompanied by heavily processed dulcimer and vocal samples, and an a capella track on "Mutualade II: Tricks and Treats" (all released on Alwato's own Libertatia Recordings label.
Alwato can also be heard as a musical component "Heliograph2000" on an series of electronic "ambient redevelopments," now out on Libertatia. The first of these, "Beautiful Scenes, Still Lives and Redevelopmental Ambience from the Archives of H2000," pairs 60 minutes of ambient music, largely some built up from street and construction noise, with a low-tech multimedia disc (essentially a website on a CD) containing Quicktime videos for several tracks, additional audio, printable t-shirt designs (in .pdf format) and more, including a catalog of Libertatia releases complete with sample tracks. The second "A Beautiful Downtown (EP) Scene," takes the notion of "ambient redevelopment" in a different direction, and features extreme ambient remixes of tracks by Alwato, The Jinkies and The Plastic Factory. Limited Edition packages containing both Heliograph2000 releases, together with a bad full of stickers, magnets, postcards, t-shirts, name badges, bumper stickers and other stuff are available.
A series of unaltered soundscape recordings is set to begin through the Heliograph Sound Docs series. The first of these - "Summer Evening Like the End of the World," featuring cicada and insect chorus - will be released as a 2CD set, paired with a "recombinant soundscape" credited to _helio_ - "Into the Trees with the Insect Machines," artificial insects calling from some posthuman future.
Guinea-Pig Fleet is a new excursion into electronic music, noisy stuff inspired in large part by my readings on the early development of the atomic bomb. Four discs - Bikini, Nagasaki, and the 2CD Fire Raids set - have been released so far, all with deluxe packaging, using both transparent and holographic materials. Centerboard/Hiroshima Tattoo, another 2CD set, is in the developing stages.
Libertatia's non-musical projects include the Libertarian Labyrinth, an anarchist etext archive, and AKA Bookish, a small publishing operation.
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